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Acura has introduced the 2013 ILX concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Acura says the ILX concept is the precursor to a new vehicle it will put on sale early next year with stated pricing will start “well below $30,000″. As expected the production version of the 2013 Acura ILX will be built at Honda’s Civic plant in Greensburg, Indiana.
“First time luxury buyers place the highest value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues and that’s a virtual definition of what we have created with the new Acura ILX,” said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. “The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market.”
Essentially the 2013 Acura ILX based on the current Honda Civic. The ILX’s front end is unmistakably an Acura design, the concept features an angular front fascia. Unique touches include a front bumper that comes to a subtle point and LED fog lights and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Interior pictures were not released, but Acura says the car will come nicely equipped with promising keyless entry and pushbutton start, Pandora internet radio interface and SMS text message function. Options are slated to include a voice recognition system, a rearview camera and a premium audio system with ten speakers.
Three engines will be available with the 2013 ILX, and the lineup is similar to the drivetrains found in the Honda Civic. Choices include:
- A 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder paired with an automatic gearbox.
- A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with optional and come exclusively with a six-speed transmission of the three-pedal variety.
- A hybrid 1.5-liter four-cylinder which is estimated to return 35 mpg city / 38 mpg highway (US).
Photo 2013 Acura ILX